Boeing 737: the day an Air Algerie plane came close to disaster

Sometimes the scary scenes on board an airplane do not always happen in the open air among the clouds, an accident can also happen while landing. This was avoided by a Boeing 737-800 operated by Air Algérie, which was on the verge of causing a serious accident. On December 6, 2019, an incident took place at Paris-Orly airport, the Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA) tells the details through its reports.

Starting from Tlemcen airport, the Air Algerie aircraft had received authorization to land on a runway at Orly airport, an alarm from the ground movement monitoring and detection system. automatic runway incursions (RIMCAS) is triggered, for good reason, the presence of an avian control vehicle near the runway easements.

The controller tried to contact the driver of the surveillance vehicle, his failed attempt forced the Air Algérie crew to abort the landing knowing that the plane had already descended to less than 500 feet in height, i.e. 5 meters below the altitude at which the pilot must decide: abort or continue the landing. Their exact behavior cannot be analyzed since the recordings inside the cockpit are not accessible to the BEA.

23 minutes more marked by panic and acrobatics pass, the plane ends up climbing to 3000 feet with too high a speed. This is where the crew activates the automatic pilot guided by the air traffic controller to finally succeed in landing on runway 25 at Paris-Orly airport.

Reopening of borders

On June 1, the Algerian authorities decided to partially reopen the air borders, but not that sea crossings are also resuming, following the considerable drop in the number of cases of covid-19 contamination.

The diaspora is finally blowing but still deplores the number of flights and scheduled crossings, as well as the excessive price of certain tickets.

Is Algeria heading towards a full opening of borders? Only the future will tell us.

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